• Job Opportunities at One Acre Fund

  • Posted on: 22 December, 2016 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • One Acre Fund is a nonprofit organization that supplies smallholder farmers in East Africa with asset-based financing and agriculture training services to reduce hunger and poverty.
     

    Agriculture Research Manager

     

    Wanted

    Exceptional professional with 2-5+ years of experience and a demonstrated passion for and knowledge of agricultural sciences and development.

     

    Duration

    Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

    Job Description

    One Acre Fund has a robust research program spanning all countries of operation including thousands of farmers and well over a hundred agronomic and socioeconomic trials each year. The Agriculture Research Manager will be on the Agricultural Research Team, which works directly with each country research team (Innovations Teams) to identify new research opportunities, coordinate global research initiatives, and provide technical guidance where needed. The Agriculture Research Manager will be responsible for the following:

    • New Research Identification – The agricultural products and trainings that we provide to hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers each year evolve each season as a result of lessons we learn from research. You will be responsible for identifying new products/trainings (e.g. new seeds, fertilizers, planting practices, pest management practices, etc.) and research methods that we can pursue to increase the impact that our program delivers to smallholder farmers.
    • External Relationships – We work with a number of external research institutions, including national research organizations and international research institutions such as those from the CGIAR. You will be partially responsible for liaising with some of these institutions in an effort to engage in two-way information sharing, collaboration, and to ensure that One Acre Fund is up to speed on the latest in applied agricultural research. You may also be partially responsible for supporting some of our business development work by liaising with donors on technical agricultural work.
    • Global Research Coordination – The Agricultural Research Team is responsible for coordinating cross-country research initiatives such as climate change adaptation strategies, a longitudinal study of the effect of the One Acre Fund program on soil health, and the adaptation of agronomic products and decisions to local, heterogeneous conditions. You will take on a leadership role in global research coordination, especially with respect to agronomic local adaptation.
    • Technical Support – Our field teams request guidance on practical applications of technical concepts from time to time. You will be responsible for synthesizing technical concepts and applying them to digestible, actionable recommendations. This may take the form of developing trainings and decision support tools in addition to more ad-hoc guidance. Additionally you will occasionally be responsible for writing topical memos / briefs on important agricultural research concepts to influence organizational decisions and improve organizational knowledge.
    • Soil Lab (if appropriate) – One Acre Fund manages a soil lab in western Kenya where we run spectroscopic soil analyses for country teams to inform research decisions and programmatic changes. Depending on your background you may be involved with the management of our soil lab.

    Career Growth and Development

    One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about. Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

    Qualifications

    We are seeking an exceptional professional with 2-5+ years of experience and a demonstrated passion for and knowledge of agricultural sciences and development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

    • Experience with agricultural research and application of findings, especially in smallholder tropical agriculture.
    • A formal educational background in the agricultural sciences, especially soil science, agronomy, or disease and pest management. MSc is required; PhD is strongly preferred.
    • Strong work experiences, which may include a demanding professional work experience, successful entrepreneurial experience, leading a conference, starting a business, solid Peace Corps accomplishments, etc.
    • Strong project management, communication, and leadership experience.
    • Strong data management and analysis skills. Experience with Excel required; experience with R or Stata strongly preferred.
    • We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
    • A willingness to commit to living in East Africa for at least two years - this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
    • Language: English required. Kiswahili and/or French preferred.

    Preferred Start Date

    Early 2017

    Compensation

    Commensurate with experience.

    Benefits

    Health insurance, immunizations, flights, housing and food stipend.

    Sponsor International Candidates

    Yes

    East Africans strongly encouraged to apply.

    Monitoring and Evaluation Nutrition Associate

     

    Wanted

    Exceptional professionals with 2+ years work experience, Masters degree preferred, to serve in a position that combines evaluation design, analysis, report writing, team management and staff development in East Africa.

    Job Location

    Kakamega, Kenya or Muramvya, Burundi

    Duration
    Minimum 2 years commitment, full-time job.

    Job Description
    We are seeking a smart and dedicated self-starter to be an M&E Associate, based either in Bungoma Kenya or Murmvya Burundi, to lead the evaluation of a growing body of nutrition work.   Overall, the M&E Associate will be responsible for using data to gain a deeper understanding of the depth and nature of program impact on a broad range of nutrition outcomes.

    General Responsibilities:

    • Work in partnership with supervisor to craft long term evaluation strategy across multiple nutrition interventions.
    • Act as main liaison with external evaluation partner for select nutrition interventions, working to agree upon evaluation approach, data collection strategy and analysis and report writing framework.
    • Design, field-test and revise survey instruments, using tablets for data collection
    • Work with field-based staff to complete their objectives of collecting, analyzing and reporting on data to both understand and improve program performance.
    • Supervise and develop local M&E supervisors and enumerators, which will include:
      • Regular mentorship of M&E supervisor through field visits, meetings and career reviews
      • In field supervision of key M&E activities with an eye towards extremely high quality standards.
      • Conduct regular skills development trainings.
    • Conduct data analysis and results dissemination to draw both early and final conclusions and actionable recommendations.

    Career Growth and Development

    One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership skills. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through mentorship and through regular management consulting-style career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings, where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate about.  Because of our rapid growth, we constantly have new high-level roles opening up and opportunities in many functions. This results in fast career growth for our staff.

    Qualifications

    We are seeking an exceptional professional with 1 to 5+ years of work experience and ideally a demonstrated passion for international development. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

    • Strong work experiences. Examples include a demanding professional work experience, analyzing data or devising strategy for the private sector, in academia or for consulting firms, and solid Volunteer Service Organization accomplishments (VSO, Peace Corps, JICA, etc).
    • Prior field-based M&E experience
    • Academic or professional experience designing and implementing evaluations/research and analyzing findings
    • Top-performing undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate background (include final grade/marks).
    • Self-starter, who is a hard worker and highly accountable to deadlines, goal-oriented and highly flexible.
    • Humility. We are looking for passionate professionals who combine strong leadership skills with good humor, patience, and a humble approach to service to join our growing family of leaders.
    • A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track role. The ideal candidate will have at least one year demonstrated experience working in the developing world, although this is not a strict requirement.
    • Language: English required in all locations. French required for Burundi placement. Other useful languages include Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and Kirundi.

    Preferred Start Date

    As soon as possible

    Compensation

    Starts modest. However, this is a career-track role with fast raises for performance, paying a meaningful salary for long-term placement in developing nations.

    Benefits

    Health insurance, immunizations, flight, room and board.

    Sponsor International Candidates 

    Yes

    East Africans Encouraged to Apply

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) / email(s) below to apply on company website.

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